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Apr. 5, 2013

Baptist Hospital Opens Specialized Medical Center; Meharry Medical Expands Educational and Housing Facilities

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor

Another member of Saint Thomas Health, Middle Tennessee’s not-for-profit, faith-based health system, has announced an important expansion. Following last week’s buzz around Saint Thomas Hospital breaking ground on a $110 million expansion, came the news of Baptist Hospital opening its brand new onsite wound care facility.

The Craig Center for Advanced Wound Healing, located on the Baptist Hospital campus, on the corner of Murphy and 20thAvenue, provides 20,000 square feet of expanded clinical space and improved accessibility. The state-of-the-art facility now also houses Baptist Hospital’s Diabetes Center.

The project, which broke ground in late February 2012, was designed by Gresham Smith and Partners with Harvest Construction as main contractor. The facility was initially slated to open in November 2012.

The Craig Center for Advanced Wound Healing was named after former President and Chief Executive Officer of National Life and Accident Insurance Company C. A. “Neil” Craig, II, an active philanthropist in the local healthcare community. A donation of $5 million from The Deborah and C.A. Craig, II Family Foundation was decisive in helping the facility be built.

Saint Thomas Health isn’t the only player in the Nashville medical scene that is looking towards the future. NewsChannel5.com recently reported on the expansions at Meharry Medical College. Among them is the biggest build since the seventies: the $25 million Turner Family Center on 21st Avenue North. The 80,000-square-foot facility broke ground in 2012 and is expected to open in July 2014. The three-story building will contain administrative offices, classroom space, an auditorium and a banquet hall as well as a food court. And while the new educational facility is under construction, the college is gearing up for a new project set to break ground in May. Meharry Medical College will demolish an outdated apartment community on Morena Street and replace it with 100 new student housing units. Meharry is also renovating Lyttle Hall, another student housing property, before an expected increase in college enrollment.

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